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Thursday, February 2, 2023

US House of Representatives approves a referendum on the future of Puerto Rico

The US Lower House approved this Thursday a bill on the status of Puerto Rico that authorizes the celebration in November 2023 a binding referendum on the island to define his political future.

Lok Sabha has given its approval to this regulation by 233 votes in favor and 191 against, after which it must continue its parliamentary process in the Senate before being ratified by the President, Joe Biden,

Still the bill acknowledges that Puerto Rico’s territorial status limits the full political, economic and social development Island and federal government have a responsibility to facilitate elections and transition a non-territorial political position,

Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898 and is considered a commonwealthWith its own constitution and a significant degree of autonomy, however, the US reserves sections such as defence, currency, immigration and customs.

The rules under consideration authorize the holding of a referendum on November 5, 2023, sponsored by federal executiveabout his political position.

Specifically, it outlines the non-territorial status options – full US statehood, independence, or free association – and sets a process and date for the Department of Justice to review voter information materials and the design of ballots .

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